Many irrigation canals do not have protective
barriers. These canals are full during the warmer months of the year to
distribute water to residents and businesses, such as farms or
These canals can appear to be an ideal place to cool off on a hot day
and swim. But canals are very dangerous and should not be used for any
recreational activity. To avoid drowning in irrigation
Let young children go near
Swim in canals.
Play near canals. Do not walk
along the banks or edges of canals, which can be very slick.
Engage in any recreational activity in canals, such as fishing,
canoeing, kayaking, or tubing.
Jump in to rescue pets. Instead, call
911 for help. Do not jump in after
toys or other objects.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerThomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics